Online Courses

Church History, from the Apostles to 1300

The Rev’d Jeffrey Smith, St Luke’s Anglican Church, Redding, California
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm (Pacific Time)

This course will cover the first half of the Church’s story, giving special emphasis to the following: 

(1) the spread of the Gospel from the mother church in Jerusalem to the rest of the Roman Empire and beyond,    (2) the development of the Church’s institutional authority following the Apostles’ deaths, (3) the transition from being an underground, persecuted society to becoming the official religion of the Empire, (4) the origin, development, and impact of Christian monasticism, and (5) the relationship between the papacy and the new political order that emerged in western Europe following the withdrawal of the Empire.  The course will go lightly on the development of doctrine, as that will be covered in Patristics.  Begins Sept. 6 and ends Dec. 13, 2011

The Theology of the New Testament: The Synoptic Gospels

The Rev’d Dr. Paul Russell, Parish of Christ the King, Washington, D.C.
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm (Pacific Time)

After six weeks of historical background study in preparation for engaging with the New Testament, this course treats the synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Each of these Gospels will be read all the way through three times in the course of considerations of their structure, content and theology. This is a workshop course designed to teach students how modern scholars studied the New Testament and how we, as Christians, can best study the Gospels, too. Students will be given one paragraph essay topics each week to help them focus on central content.  Begins Sept. 7 and ends Dec. 14, 2011

Anglican Thought and Spirituality

The Rev’d Dr. David Rodier, Christ’s Anglican Church, Carefree, Arizona
Thursdays, 6-8 pm (Pacific Time)

This course will focus on persons and movements in four periods which were central to the development of Anglicanism:  (1) the Age of Bede — the conversion of England to Christianity, and some of the major saints who shaped the beginnings of Anglican tradition; (2) the Flowering of English Mysticism — 14th-century writers who practiced the religious life in an age of political and social turmoil (including Julian of Norwich, Richard Rolle, and Walter Hilton), whose teachings are still a major force in Anglican spirituality today; (3) the English Reformation (It didn’t begin with Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I didn’t settle anything!) — the scholars and their program of moderate reform which, in the midst of violent controversy, avoided both the destructiveness of radical Protestantism and  the radical innovations of a revitalized Roman Church; and (4) the Course of Anglicanism after the Reformation — the High Church writers of the 17th century, the Evangelical Movement of the 18th century, the Tractarians and Broad Churchmen of the 19th century, and the English missionaries and martyrs who spread Anglicanism to the ends of the earth.  Begins Sept. 8 and ends Dec. 15, 2011